OBITUARY

Mr. Bruce Henry Bedford

October 1, 1949May 7, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Bedford announces his passing on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the age of 69 years. Bruce was born in Montreal, Quebec to Bernice and William Bedford. He met Maureen Kelly, and they were married on Dec 9, 1972 in Montreal. In 1976 they moved to Edmonton, and in 1980 Bruce started his career in broadcasting at Sunwapta, CFRN 1260 and later, 100.3 the BEAR. In 2007, Bruce retired and they moved to Comox Valley. Bruce is predeceased by his parents Bernice (Née Granger) and William Russell Bedford; brothers William Jr. (Billy) and Richard Brian; and nephew/God son: Richard Jr. Bruce will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Maureen Bedford; children: Kelly Bedford, Stacey Bedford, Kevin Bedford (Jennifer), and Jerrod Bedford (Megan); grandchildren: Makena, Briana, Gabriel, and Liam; sisters: Gail Redmond and Sheri Martucci; as well as many loved nieces, nephews and dear friends in Comox Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bruce’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society (1599 Tunner Dr, Courtenay, BC V9N 8N3) and Christ the King Church in Courtenay. Vigil of Prayers to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:00 am, both from Christ the King Catholic Church (1599 Tunner Dr. Courtenay, BC).

  • FAMILY

  • Maureen Bedford, Wife
  • Kelly Bedford, Son
  • Stacey Bedford, Daughter
  • Kevin Bedford (Jennifer), Son
  • Jerrod Bedford (Megan), Son
  • Bruce will also be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Makena, Briana, Gabriel and Liam; sisters Gail Redmond and Sheri Martucci as well as many loved nieces, nephews and dear friends in Comox Valley.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Maggie Anderson
  • Bruno Flora
  • Jim McLean
  • Debby Roddelt
  • Steve Roddelt
  • John Wong
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Christ the King Catholic Church

Services

  • Vigil of Prayers Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Memories

Mr. Bruce Henry Bedford

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Susan Wellard

May 15, 2019

I met Bruce and Maureen through our Church but really got to know them when we worked together at our local Soup Kitchen. Bruce was a problem solver and always ready to help anyone in need. He truly was a "gentle"man - kind, caring and compassionate. I'll remember his great sense of humour which was with him to the end. He, as does Maureen, had a very deep faith. He felt he was in God's hands and he faced his journey with courage. My husband, David, joins me in sending heartfelt sympathy to Maureen and family.

Love and blessings,
Susan Wellard

Bob Hunter

May 12, 2019

I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Bruce’s passing.

Although I worked alongside Bruce for only a few years after a buyout by Standard brought us together, it was a great experience, and I learned a great deal from him.

The first thing learned was his genuine kindness and concern for people as he welcomed me to the company and made every effort to make me feel comfortable in the Engineering Dept.

Bruce was a brilliant technical guy and will be missed by his fellow Engineers.

Mary and I send our deepest sympathies to Maureen and Family.

Bob Hunter

Karl Stark

May 12, 2019

I had the honour and privilege of working with and knowing Bruce H Bedford for over 25 years. The greatest complement I could give a person in regards their vocation was that they were a professional. Bruce was the quintessential professional in every sense of the word. The care and pride he had in his work were legend
The greatest complement I can give a man, is that he was a gentleman. Bruce was a gentleman by any definition one might have of the word. Kind, caring, compassionate, incredibly dry sense of humour, with a true concern for all living things...a gentle man.
My wife and I wish to pass on our deepest and most sincere condolences to Maureen and family. Please know, and hopefully find some solace, knowing that Bruce’s memory lives on, in all of those who were blessed to have known him.

Rob Vavrek

May 9, 2019

Probably not enough space here to list all the stories and memories. Some of the greatest lines ever from Bruce.....
‘I wouldn’t do that if I was you’...every time we went to him with something we wanted to implement/change. But he would end up doing it anyway!!!
‘Oh my god a pack of wolves’....when there happened to be a couple of stray dogs roaming around the transmitter site.
On a more serious note - a great kind man. Would do anything or anyone at anytime. I’ve missed him since he retired and now even more so. If heaven needs some re-wiring, I’m sure he will be on it!!
Thoughts and prayers to Maureen and the family.

Bryn Griffiths

May 9, 2019

When I got the news from Marty Forbes earlier this week, I was absolutely devastated. Still having difficulty with all this. What a great man he was and what a huge impact he left on so many of us.

Bruce was SO instrumental in the launch of TEAM 1260 (Edmonton) back in June of 2002. I learned very quickly, that while Marty and I made many decisions, if we didn’t have Bruce on-side, it simply wouldn’t happen. LOL. He really was the ‘can do’ guy at the station. He did it all.

He was also the no nonsense, stone faced engineer who scared the young broadcasters. I use to watch this ‘performance’ with immense glee as he was anything BUT that persona. I’d watch him lay down the law down in the control room to a few of the young guys, he’d then motion me down the hall to his engineering office where he would break into a huge smile and laugh. That was always my daily goal... get him to crack. He was just so much fun to be around and we always seemed to solve every daily problem.

At every station event, we always enjoyed chatting with Bruce and Maureen. They were such an original and unique couple who always had a welcoming smile on their faces and invested in every conversation.

I will miss you a ton. You and Marty were my rock at 1260. But what a memorable legacy you’ve left us Bruce. We won’t disappoint you and we’ll all be sure to pass along the kindness you shared with others.

Hugs to Maureen and the entire family.

Bryn

Allan Mitchell

May 9, 2019

Bruce and Maureen welcomed Jo-Anne and I to Edmonton when we first arrived in 1986, we attended those beautiful Christmas parties filled with laughter, music, wonderful food and drink. He was beyond devoted to his family and his work, and made us all better for knowing him.

I have told my children many of Bruce and Maureen's stories over the years, from the hilarious family trips way up north (that sometimes involved trips to the emergency room) to each of their kids finding their way.

From Jo-Anne and I, deepest sympathies to Maureen and family. Bruce was a beautiful person and touched all of us with his passion, humor and devotion.

shane Michaels

May 9, 2019

Hands down the best Engineer I ever worked with. And such a great guy...there was no problem that he wouldn't give "100%" to. He always made time for anybody who needed help and would do emergency calls at anytime 24/7.
As a friend he was terrific and I know how proud he was of his family.

Godspeed "Old Engineer". One of the really great ones!

Shane

Katherine Piché

May 9, 2019

RIP Uncle Bruce.... You were a great Husband and Father . My fondest memory was when I was a child we would fight over the stuffing at Christmas. You will be truly missed.

Steve Moore

May 9, 2019

What a wonderful man and friend too many. Too many memories to narrow them down, but I recall many late nights of work together. Wonderful family who will miss him dearly. Hugs to Maureen and the Kids from Steve and his family.

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